By Amy Smart The Canadian Press Fri., June 8, 2018 VICTORIA — As the years stretched into decades with no arrests after his sister’s body was found in Washington state, it was becoming hard for John Van Cuylenborg of Victoria, B.C., to maintain hope for any justice or answers. Then he received a phone call about investigators getting a break in the cold case. It involved a controversial new investigative technique that American police have been using to comb through the genetic family trees of potential suspects in such unsolved crimes. The technique is raising questions about privacy of a person’s DNA on both sides of the border. “It was surreal, really, after 31 years to get that phone call,” Van Cuylenborg said. “It was very gratifying for all of us who have held out hope for that long that something would come of it, but without the technology, I don’t think it would have happened.” Article Continued Below … [Read more...] about Investigative strategy of police prompts debate on DNA privacy rights
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caption Michael Avenatti. source Spencer Platt/Getty Images Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti has a huge and growing fan base. His supporters want to see someone take on President Donald Trump using some of Trump’s own tactics – and they believe Avenatti is the only one to do so successfully. It has led to them vociferously backing Avenatti through some recent controversies. As porn star Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, faced criticism last week for his ubiquitous TV presence, he decided to ask his Twitter followers a question. “Time for a poll,” he wrote. “Vote as to whether I should a) stay on television and keep disclosing accurate information to the American public or b) get off television and stop disclosing accurate information.” The poll generated more than 206,000 responses. Such online polls are almost never viewed as credible by … [Read more...] about Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti has become a ‘hero’ on the left — and he has an aggressive fan base
caption President Donald Trump holds a toy space astronaut at the White House. source Reuters/Carlos Barria Every two years, the National Science Foundation is required to tell the president how the US is doing in regard to science and engineering. “As economies worldwide grow increasingly knowledge-intensive and interdependent, capacity for innovation becomes ever more critical,” the NSF says in its latest report, titled “Science & Engineering Indicators 2018.” The news is OK, but not great. Americans are increasingly interested in environmental issues, the report says, and relative to previous years, they’re expressing more concern about climate change and humanity’s role in it. They also trust scientists more than roles in any other institution aside from the military. But the US lags behind dozens of countries in the rate of awarding bachelor’s and advanced degrees in science, technology, math, or engineering. The … [Read more...] about Each year the government asks 10 simple questions to test the public’s knowledge of science. Can you correctly answer them all?
There are days when there are so many topics I want to write about in a single column. Today, I would like some insights on several topics. I begin with federalism. Understanding federalism For the sake of full disclosure, I strongly believe that the Philippines should adopt a federal form of government. I am not active in any political organization any more, but I joined PDP-Laban in 1983 and remained active for two decades because one of its major tenets was that federalism should be the form of government in this country. I am, therefore, not a new convert because I have been propagating federalism in various forums and in several of my past columns for the past 36 years. I understand that this topic is highly political and emotional. I will not reiterate the arguments in favor of federalism because I have already done this in past columns. However, I do want to clarify certain issues that are, I believe, adding some confusion to the debate. First, federalism does not mean that the … [Read more...] about On federalism, Sister Fox, and PET recount
Sun., Feb. 25, 2018 Good job again, folks. Lots of fun and interesting stuff in here and I think I got to it all. With an off-day today (practice and a story for me before Canada-Bahamas at 8 p.m.) you should have time to read and digest it at your leisure. Have a leisurely day. - Article Continued Below Q: Good evening Doug, I hope your “off” week was relaxing and that you have a safe journey to the university basketball game. Just read an article relating to the meeting between the players and officials during all-star break. I thought Lowry was going to take part in that – apparently only two players were involved. Bob P A: Kyle was actually part of a group that met last year which helped set the stage for the discussions that took place during all-star weekend. The one in L.A. was put together after the initial work was done last September but before this season seemed to be going off the rails. And the more, varied voices you can have in the … [Read more...] about Referee chatter, D.C. travel and rosters in the mail